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Some things matter more than other things - it could be priorities it could be integrity. The idea that everything matters is a little crazy. There’s no way that all the focus and attention could be directed into everything.

How can a company care about the community, the experience, the growth and making money? You can’t possibly do it all at the same time and it’s silly to think that you can. You can concentrate on one or two things, and beyond that, it’s just nice to have.

Trying to do too much, is as we all know, a fool’s game. Ultimately you end up doing nothing and pleasing nobody. It doesn’t mean that you don’t care about the other things, it means that you know what direction you want to go and that you have a plan on how you’re going to get there.

Things (done well) take time, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Thinking that you’ll change the world all in one swoop is idiotic. It’s like trying to take the stairs more than two at at time. Maybe you can? Probably can do it once or twice, but probably a bad idea.

Wednesday Updates

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MindfullnessDoing things because you're supposed to be doing things and not because want to do something is completely different. But it gets lost in thought all the time. There's precedent to do something, and ultimately it's what you do. You try and try and try to do things differently but you end up taking the easy way out and copy what you've always done in the past. It's not on purpose, but it's definitely easy. It's something that needs constant work, realising the intention of one's actions, but it will take time. Writing it down might help.

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Is there a point to college anymoreSomething I've been thinking about for a really long time. Seems like there are studies that show a lack of skill transfer from university to everyday life, which I find truly disturbing - how are people with science degrees not learning the scientific method and applying it to their life? It's always been tricky trying to separate learning from learning to pass an exam. Now it's key to figure out what proxies/better predictors we should be looking into instead to demonstrate skills and abilities.

A different approach to Instagram. I like this a lot. It's so incredibly difficult to stand out on social, you really need to do something special and make it worthwhile. If you don't have time to figure it out, you really should be spending your time doing something else (like improving your product or customer support). It's not difficult but this makes it a little more relatable.

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People are hired and paid to do what they do best. Let them. This makes me laugh and cry at the same time. All day I hear about why companies don't need help with social or copywriting because they can just do it themselves. Ugh. It takes years to figure out what the little details are what makes good work work (often it's having a full stop, in this case, it's repeating a word twice).

Ryan Holiday with 28 lessons from master creators. I hate Ryan Holiday. He's effortlessly (probably not so effortlessly) understood his target audience and writes specifically for them. Every word he publishes, I can't help but be drawn into and read. Every single article or book. There is so much to learn.

Podcasts? The holy grail? In an effort to capture attention, it seems like podcasts have found their way into many people's daily ritual. It's perfect for the commute or mundane work (something 99% of the world deals with). The great thing now is that there's quality, creative content out there if you just search for it (Gimlet is a great place to start). I still believe that video is next, but it will still be 3-5 years before it dominates (still waiting for the tech to make it an easier consumed format).

Gaming the system. The system is obviously broken, and if a kid can game TripAdvisor (which I hate), then so can anyone else. It's an interesting way of looking at things, and a good case of playing towards an audience. Understanding algorithms help make stunts like this work. Also, TripAdvisor is terrible (did I mention that already?), someone needs to fix/make a better alternative.

 

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Do you have the grit needed?knowing you'll look like an idiot and doing it anyway - isn't that how everyone approaches everything? It's a strange feeling, the one where you fight knowing that there's an easier way out but you do it anyway because it just has to be done. Safe is good, and some people need it, but for others, it's much more important to deal with the issue head-on and understand why, regardless of the outcome, the journey itself can also be the reward.

Facebook is changing its algorithm again. Thank god. Yes everyone is panicking over the news, but some places are seeing the light as well. There's too much content out there, and most of it is terrible - if Facebook wants to stay relevant it needs to curate better, and that means showing less content than it currently does. Yes, if you're a content creator this can on the surface look like terrible news ('Facebook is a waste of time, blah blah blah). In reality, this helps everyone. Good stories that are worth sharing need to shine through, not the garbage that most companies produce. Make good work and it will always work. It will be hard, but if you're good at what you do, you're delighted at this news.

 

Wednesday Updates - Things to think about this week

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Resumes don't work - they don't serve the purpose they're supposed to. A good school (and grades), experience in a big company, they don't mean anything if you haven't actually learned or contributed anything. Sure, it's the easiest way to separate people, but there are much better ways to do so. Hiring decisions are so important that this needs to be revisited. A visual resume? Much better (and that's how I got a lot of interviews out of my first job). It's all about standing out, and words printed in a standard format on a page isn't good enough anymore (too forgettable).

Start a side project - this I feel is infinitely more impressive than a 2-year stint in X company. Talking about this brings out the passion and sales skills that a person possesses. If they can't convince you to try something they're passionate about, will they be able to bring a level of excitement to a job?

Routines that guide you - a fun site that documents the various routines of people. If you're in a rut there may be something you can learn (and it's not all super famous people, so it's a little more relatable). Is it for everyday reading? Probably not, but it might be the right thing at the right time for some.

3-day weekends are better - just the excitement of an extended weekend gets people going. So what if it's a regular thing rather than a rare occurrence? I've always believed that the work gets done, regardless of timelines (unless someone is being super unreasonable and wants something done immediately). So a 4-day work week makes a lot of sense to me, as does 5-day work week but having each day reduced (8 hours instead of 10 hours for example).